General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 8 feet (.6-2.4m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 7 feet (.9-2.1m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: Starting green then yellow and finally red when ripe.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Spathe variable light to dark red, pale yellow to yellow-green. Spadix variable red and yellow to all yellow.
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal.
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Roots
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Pollinators: Flies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Elephant Yam
  • Voodoo Lily
  • Telingo Potato
  • Voodoo Plant
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
  • Synonym: Amorphophallus dubius
  • Synonym: Amorphophallus rex
  • Synonym: Amorphophallus campanulatus

  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 1, 2012 2:18 AM concerning plant:
    Introduced in 1817.
    Corm is edible.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Fantastic! by Bubbles Jun 17, 2015 1:54 PM 2
How tall? by eclayne Jan 24, 2016 7:09 AM 1
Looking for elephant foot yam Bulb by udayabaski Dec 16, 2020 7:47 PM 1

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